Monday, November 7, 2011

Becoming a Writer


How does one become a writer? There are a multitude of books on the subject out there, and I've read many of them. I've read books on manuscript formatting, character development, plot, dialogue, marketing, and just about everything else related to writing and selling one's literary work.

But, many will tell you that the best advice is often the simplest.

And the best advice I've heard in some time is, once again, found in a one dollar book from the good ole' dollar tree store.

This book simply says, "If you want to be a writer, you must write."

I've heard that advice more times than I care to remember, but this book, Write is a Verb by Bill O'Hanlon goes a step further in giving options for getting the butt onto the chair and hashing out the words. The advice given in this book goes into the psychological aspects of making yourself get it done.

It figures though, since the author is a licensed psycho-therapist. So, if you have the chance, check out your local dollar tree store and find this book for a buck. Oh, and bonus! It also comes with a DVD in the back so if you don't feel like actually reading the book, you can watch Bill talk about the principles and tools in this book as if you were sitting in the front row of one of his seminars.

Another great find. Now, I gotta get back to writing.